Report of The Director of Performance and Quality Improvement, MHCC and Trafford CCG and The Director of Adult Social Services
This paper provides an overview of urgent care winter planning for 2019/20. It contains information on the joint system-wide planning taken across the Manchester urgent care system, the surge and escalation approach taken in order to manage periods of pressure and the resulting impact on key performance targets.
The Committee considered the report of the Director of Performance and Quality Improvement, MHCC and Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group and the Director of Adult Social Services which provided an overview of urgent care winter planning for 2019/20. It contained information on the joint system-wide planning taking place across the Manchester urgent care system, the surge and escalation approach taken in order to manage periods of pressure and the resulting impact on key performance targets.
The Director of Quality & Performance, MHCC referred to the main points of the report which were: -
· The approach to winter resilience planning;
· Describing a range of key interventions and processes that outline the Manchester approach to winter planning;
· An update on the Integrated Discharge Team; and
· Information on the Manchester Community Response.
Members welcomed the report and recognised that it was a system wide response to the challenge of winter pressures. A Member commented that he recognised that the system experienced pressures year round.
The Chair sought an assurance that similar winter planning preparations were underway at the North Manchester General Hospital site.The Director of Quality & Performance, MHCC reassured the Committee that detailed plans had been developed by the Pennine Acute Hospital Trust. Members requested that further information on the Winter Planning activity for the North Manchester General Hospital site be provided to the Committee following the meeting.
In response to a question from a Member regarding the additional capacity at MRI the Director of Quality & Performance, MHCC advised that 12 beds had been secured for winter pressures and 8 beds for major trauma. In response to whether this would be enough to meet the demand, Members were advised that there was always an issue of capacity and safe staffing levels also had to be taken into consideration.
The Director of Adult Social Services responded to a question regarding resilience of the care home market by stating that commissioners were working closely with providers to ensure there was enough capacity to meet demand on a long term basis. She further commented that homeless people were being discharged from hospital into high quality accommodation in community settings.
The Chief Operating Officer, Manchester Local Care Organisation further commented that the integrated discharge service, that brought medical and social care staff together in a team that had been developed in north Manchester would be rolled out across the city. Members requested that they be kept regularly updated on the Delayed Transfer of Care figures across Manchester. The Director of Quality & Performance, MHCC confirmed that these figures were collated and could be provided to the Committee. She commented that the main reasons for Delayed Transfer of Care were; awaiting assessment by Social Worker, awaiting a place in a care home and patient/family preference as to where to be discharged to.
A Member commented that following the implementation of the Single Hospital Service there had been a decrease in engagement with local ward Councillors in the Wythenshawe area. The Associate Director Performance, Manchester University NHS Trust acknowledged these comments and stated that these would be fed back. She further commented that the delivery of the Single Hospital Service had allowed for the better deployment of staff across sites to best respond to demand. She commented that this had also been welcomed by staff as they were able to obtain a range of experiences and skills by working across the sites footprint. She further commented that the Wythenshawe site had seen increased presentations from Stockport residents as it was perceived by them to be a better environment to be treated.
The Executive Member for Adults, Health and Wellbeing stated that the report demonstrated a coordinated system wide response to the challenge of winter pressures. She commented that community and social services were recognised as important contributors to this model and they remained committed to delivering the best services for the residents of Manchester. She stated that despite this Social Care funding remained inadequate. She stated that there had been no increase in Social Care funding in real terms since 2010 when taking into account inflation, the increase in population and an ageing population.
1. To note the report.
2. Members requested that the Director of Performance and Quality Improvement, MHCC provide a regular update on the Delayed Transfer of Care figures across Manchester.